The Women's Convention

Box 6


Among the articles of the Women's Convention relevant to reproductive rights are the following (summarized):

ARTICLE 5: States shall endeavour to modify social and cultural patterns of conduct, to eliminate prejudices and practices based on the idea of the inferiority or the superiority of either sex or on stereotyped sex roles.

ARTICLE 10: States shall ensure women equal rights in education and equal access to "specific educational information to help ensure the health and well-being of families, including information and advice on family planning."

ARTICLE 12: States shall act to eliminate discrimination against women in health care to ensure equal access to health services, "including those related to family planning."

ARTICLE 16: States shall act to eliminate discrimination against women in all matters relating to marriage and family relations, and shall ensure that women and men have, among other rights, the same right to choose a spouse freely and marry only with their free and full consent, and the same rights to decide freely and responsibly on the number and spacing of their children and to have access to the information, education and means needed to exercise these rights.